Did anyone go see the new Disney movie Big Hero 6 this weekend? With 3 kiddos (a 10 year old and 7 year old twins) this one was a no brainer. Robots AND Heros? Yeah total no brainer. And Disney definitely has their movie formula pretty down to a science. Young kids that lose parents/parent figures early on and must persevere through the hardships to realize the true meaning of loving something and the goodness that triumphs over evil. Yup, it works well so why mess with a good thing?!
The robot in the story is the lovable Baymax. Baymax is a personal healthcare companion programmed to fix anyone in distress. He's pretty much the most awesome robot ever and totally inspired me to make some Baymax macarons. Is that weird that I automatically said, yes I'm going to make him in macaron form?
|Once you have your macaron mixture combined, pipe the characters onto parchment by tracing from a printout underneath the parchment paper|
I've only made macarons one other time, and didn't even post about it. I used the Italian method, and they came out ok. Definitely far from perfect but at least they were recognizable as macarons! I used the same method for these Baymax ones. I'm not even going to try to post directions, but you can see a step by step How To over at Annie's Eats. She posted a great tutorial here on how to make macarons using this Italian method. My one suggestion (which everyone seems to agree on) is to measure all your ingredients with a scale. It's pretty easy to do, so don't get worried that its a lot of extra trouble.
Just to give you and idea of how un-perfect mine were, check out the underside. They should be flat not like this. My trouble is knowing when they are done. You don't want them to brown too much, but you need them done enough to not stick when trying to remove them. Depending on your oven, you should bake them for about 8 minutes then check them every minute to see if they are done.
I had some vanilla beans so thought it would be the perfect flavor for Baymax. Add his accents with black and white melted candy wafers and some large black flat sprinkles for eyes.
Even though Baymax is a robot, he's got a heart of gold. He will make you cry.
Chocolate buttercream seemed to fit well with his center.
And Disney totally set this up for a sequel, if they want to go this route. Overall I really enjoyed the movie and the kiddos gave it a big thumbs up. Right there on par with Guardians of the Galaxy.
For anyone looking for the recipe, please head over to Annie's Eats for her step by step tutorial. I followed it pretty much exactly, except adding some vanilla bean seeds (scrapped from one vanilla bean pod) when she points out to add color/flavor. Once the macaron mixture is ready to be piped, I traced it onto parchment on top of some Baymax templates that I printed out from Google (thanks Google!). The chocolate buttercream, is store bought, to save some time. You can use any type of flavoring for the centers since vanilla goes so well with pretty much anything.
Did you see Big Hero 6 and if so what did you think???